AMD 50th Anniversary Edition

We all know that tech companies come and go. For a giant company to be in business under the same name for ten years would be an achievement, which is why it’s so remarkable that Advanced Micro Device is still operating as AMD 50 years later.

It has sure gone through a lot as a chipmaker, but the company is still around, turning 50 on May 1, 2019. The company is celebrating alongside partners like Gigabyte and Sapphire, and it’s released two special edition products.

AMD Ryzen 2700X

Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition

We’re sorry to disappoint our readers, but the special edition 2700X won’t gain anything in terms of clock speeds. Yet AMD has made an interesting tweak and its suggested retail price is the same, though you may end up paying a bit more than the standard version.

The chip is mainly aimed at real AMD fans who want a collectible item. The main feature of this chip is a unique signature of AMD CEO Lisa Su, which is laser engraved on to the chip’s integrated heat spreader.

In addition, the 50th-anniversary edition comes with the AMD50 gaming bundle which gets you a free version of the PC edition of World War Z alongside Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, plus a one-year season pass and some game content. You get a tidy sticker too plus a t-shirt commemorating AMD’s 50th anniversary.

AMD Radeon VII 50th Anniversary Edition

Radeon VII 50th Anniversary Edition

So what did AMD decide to do with the popular Radeon VII? It’s been a popular card as AMD released the first GPU based on a 7nm manufacturing process. However, just like the Ryzen 7 2700X special edition, the changes to the Radeon VII are relatively limited. Still, for AMD fans, it could be worth a look.

Possibly the most noticeable difference is the packaging where AMD has opted for a red cover instead of the standard silver. It looks pretty good but other than that you get the same specifications on the card while the price is not much different. You could say the red color hints at the ATI days of old.

AMD Sapphire and Gigabyte 50th

Sapphire and Gigabyte anniversary editions 

Like we said earlier AMD has also teamed up with some of its partners. Gigabyte has released a Nitro+ Radeon RX 590 50th anniversary edition which again has the same specs as the standard edition, but it comes with a vibrant gold-colored cover. We’re not sure it looks all that appealing.

Gigabyte released its X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WiFi-50 motherboard, which again is mildly tweaked but with little in the way of major improvements. Nonetheless, it gives you the opportunity to build an all-50th-anniversary build from CPU to GPU and motherboard, if you wanted to celebrate AMD anniversary that badly.